They look so mature!
It’s hard to think that it’s been thirteen years since Nadya Suleman, the world’s most famous “Octomum,” welcomed her eight children while the world looked on in awe.
Already a mother of six, Nadya (who now goes by the name Natalie after publicly rejecting the moniker Octomum) added an inconceivable eight children to her brood in 2009 owing to IVF.
On their thirteenth birthday, the well-known multiple-mum is paying tribute to her “special and unique” children as they enter their adolescent years together.
Sharing a fantastic throwback photo of her octuplets as infants cuddling up on the couch with their mother and her father, Edward Suleman.
“Happy 13th birthday, Nariyah, Isaiah, Maliyah, Jeremiah, Noah, Josiah, Jonah, and Makai!” wrote the now-46-year-old.
“You are all maturing into some of the most courteous, humble, appreciative, and good human beings I have ever met.” You all have distinctive and distinct features that set you apart from other kids your age, especially in today’s world. You are unselfish, attractive, nonmaterialistic, loving, God-fearing people. “I have never seen children who love and wish to help others (especially those who are less fortunate) as proudly and confidently as each and every one of you,” she continued.
Dr. Michael Kamrava, a Beverly Hills fertility specialist who had implanted Natalie for all six of her previous IVF pregnancies with an unnamed sperm donor, implanted her with twelve embryos in 2008.
She made headlines all over the world when she gave birth to six boys and two girls – Noah, Josiah, Nariyah, Maliyah, Jonah, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Makai – and inked lucrative arrangements to show off the infants, capitalizing on the fascination in her unusual multiple pregnancy and birth.
Nadya (Natalie) Suleman earned notoriety in 2008 after being implanted with twelve embryos, eight of which stuck!
But life wasn’t going well for the thirty-three-year-old, and she went to booze and drugs, had a brief stint in porn, and ran out of money. She realized she was suicidal at one time as a result of the stress.
“I have PTSD from all the reporters who have come in over the years,” she recently said to The New York Times. “Back in the day, I would take whatever I could and let them in.” I was falling down a rabbit hole. Octomom had no access to healthy options. I was just doing what I was told and saying what I was told. When you pretend to be someone you’re not, you wind up falling flat on your face, at least for me.”
Many people wondered how the kids would turn out because they all live in a cramped three-bedroom house and some had to sleep on the couch – but she’s pleasantly surprised everyone!
Natalie is also the mother of Elijah, twenty, Amerah, nineteen, Joshua, seventeen, Aiden, sixty, and twins Calyssa and Caleb, fourteen.
The busy mother attributes her children’s good behavior to a raw vegan diet and says she has shunned the spotlight in order to raise them all healthily.
“Neither my children nor I get sick,” she told The New York Times. “I’ve been feeding kids good meals all the time since day one.” I despise cooking. “I am not a housewife.”
“They’re the only surviving eight octuplets in human history,” she added. I’ve raised kids to be alert.”
Natalie is a full-time adviser who relies on family and friends for school pick-ups and drop-offs.
When the new mother went from six to fourteen children in one day, she had her hands full!
Although she adores all of her children, she confesses that life hasn’t been easy, and she’s not sure she’d have implanted eight embryos if she had the chance again, especially given the toll it’s taken on her health. Natalie claims that her body has never been the same since her pregnancy with the octuplets, despite breast augmentation and minor plastic surgery.
“Four of the five discs in my lumbar spine are ruptured and entirely herniated,” she explains. “Imagine a jelly doughnut being squeezed and hitting nerves, resulting in bilateral sciatica.” I also have irreversible sacral injury. In addition, I have peripheral neuropathy. I haven’t felt my toes on the right side of my foot in years, and my fingers are numb all the time. It was caused by the pregnancy. “The number eight.”